Rajbir Minhas Ecology Terms 3
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the variety of different types of life found on earth
to legally guard from harming a species that is listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern.
e.g. elephants, Black Rhino
a biogeographic region that is both a significant reservoir of biodiversity and is threatened with destruction
is the study of the interactions between species in communities and interactions between coexisting populations.
a coral reef, the fish, coral, and algae are included in this ecosystem.
the degree to which a taxon is more numerous than its competitors in an ecological community
The kangaroo is a dominant species on the Australian savanna.
a plant or animal that plays a unique and crucial role in the way an ecosystem functions
A sea otter controls the sea unicorn population
the process of breeding animals outside of their natural environment in restricted conditions in farms, zoos or other closed facilities
e.g. the giant panda
an organism that modifies, creates or destroys habitat and directly or indirectly modulates the availability of resources to other species
the observed process of change in the species structure of an ecological community over time
the process in which natural habitat is rendered functionally unable to support the species present
e.g. we use the forest for logging we cut down trees which are habitats to birds
the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses
plants, animals other organisms that are non-native to an ecosystem, and which may cause economic or environmental harm
e.g. Harmonia axyridis (Harlequin ladybird)
a plant or animal that is not native to a specific location (an introduced species)
e.g. The Black Rat, The Asian Tiger Mosquito
harvesting species from the wild at rates faster than natural populations can recover
e.g. we overexploited cod fish
the end of an organism or of a group of organisms (taxon), normally a species.
e.g. dinosaurs, dodo bird
Biodiversity crisis is declining rapidly throughout the world.
he practice of renewing and restoring degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystems and habitats in the environment by active human intervention and action.
the natural or intentional restocking of existing forests and woodlands that have been depleted, usually through deforestation.
the control of a pest by the introduction of a natural enemy or predator.
bringing in the golden toad to control the population of monitor lizards
using plants and bacteria to absorb the toxins.
e.g. old gas stations use plans to absorb the toxins so the area can be used again
The process of using plants to add nutrients to depleted soil
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